NASA has just revealed a beautiful image with a cluster of huge stars, and it’s one of the most beautiful images with a ‘celestial firework show.’
The image shows a nebula in the constellation Carina, which is 22,000 light-years away and contains many stars in its center. The cluster of stars is called NGC 3603.
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NGC 3603 is a place where stars form with the clouds of gas and dust from the nebula. This is why the cluster is surrounded with gas and dust. NASA wrote as they shared the image:
“Like a July 4 fireworks display a young, glittering collection of stars looks like an aerial burst.”
In the NGC 3603, there are also some massive stars, the biggest ever known. There are blue supergiant stars and three Wolf-Rayet stars which are massive and very bright and ejects a large amount of material before turning into supernovas. With an instrument on the ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) called SINFONI, astronomers observed one star which is 120 times bigger than our sun, making it the biggest known star in the Milky Way.
“These huge stars live fast and die young, burning through their hydrogen fuel quickly and ultimately ending their lives in supernova explosions,” explained NASA.
NGC 3603 and its stars can give astronomers many clues to help them understand the origin of star formation in the early time of the universe.
Star clusters like NGC 3603 provide important clues to understanding the origin of massive star formation in the early, distant universe.
The European Space observatory said that this image with the clouds of NGC 3603 shows a “family picture” of stars at different ages: some are newborn, others are adult stars and some are at the end of their life. Compared to our Sun and Solar System, which is five billion-years-old, the stars are almost a million-years-old.
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.